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The Light CHRISTMAS 2015
Merry Christmas a time for friends, family and enjoying time in your lovely home together
t’s the most wonderful time of the year. . . . . well I think that’s the way the song goes. I love to think of a brass band playing Christmas Carols, the magic and excitement of the youngest members of your family on that special Christmas morning. It’s the time of year that we get together with friends and family to catch up and enjoy some festive cheer, so having some wonderful seasonal touches in your home can really add to the festivities.
It is also a great time to give some special gifts to your loved ones and you have guessed it, we have plenty of ideas in this issue just for you. Shopping for that special gift needn’t mean dragging yourself around a cold, wet and crowded high street. Save yourself some stress and enjoy the festive season from the comfort of your cosy armchair. It may or may not be a white Christmas but we can shine the brightest of stars over our favourite lighting of the season that might just be the perfect present or simply something to brighten your home!
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Christmas is a chance to show your appreciation to your nearest and dearest and we would like say a big thank you to all of our valued customers for their continued support this year. We hope you have taken a few ideas from our first 2 issues of this magazine and perhaps even shared it with some of your friends and family, after all we can all use a little free advice and some new ideas in our homes! If you have any feedback or anything you would like us to cover in the magazine drop us an email at :
This issue is a shorter one than INTOthelight@lightingcompany.co.uk usual as we know you are really Merry Christmas and a Happy busy at this time of year. We have and healthy 2016 from all at The some suggestions for great gifts Lighting Company! and perhaps a little inspiration for a New Year home project.
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Make your Entrance
There are many reasons to have good outdoor lighting. It could be ensuring a warm welcome home after driving home for Christmas, a soft glow to help guide Santa or your local carol singers to your front door, making sure your pathway is well lit for your latest family visitors bearing gifts. Having a welcoming entrance to your home is for all year round, not just for Christmas! Beautiful exterior lighting comes in all shapes and sizes from magnificent lanterns through to tiny LED spotlights. Great exterior lighting is also important for both security and safety, helping to ward away the unwelcome visitors by letting them know you are home. PAGE
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TO MAKE A WELCOME STATEMENT
TOP TIPS FOR A GREAT ENTRANCE: • Make sure your light has the right level of IP protection • PIR’s can make the light come on when it detects a person in the area. They can be part of the fitting or added separately • Add a vintage look by choosing filament bulbs for traditional fittings • If you have a pathway consider some lights to show the way
SEDGEWICK WALL LANTERN A simple but striking fisherman style wall lantern in bronze (also available in black). Perfect in a porch and for lighting outside walls around your home to highlight any pathways. A great value fitting. £47.40
KAMUS WALL LIGHT A compact and contemporary wall light that would look wonderful outside a modern home. The tube contains 2 halogen capsule bulbs which provide a total of 50 watts of light overall. £71.40
HYTHE WALL LIGHT A traditional garden wall lantern in heavy wrought iron which is dipped in hot zinc prior to it’s final paint finish to give it a 2 year rust protection. The glass has an attractive rain effect finish. This light is rated IP23, great for a porchway. £165.00
TRENT WALL/PORCH LIGHT One of our best selling outdoor lights as it can be used as a wall or porch ceiling light. A traditional, timeless design to bring anyone a warm welcome. £47.40 PAGE
DARWIN SENSOR WALL LIGHT This contemporary galvanised steel wall light has a PIR sensor built in so it makes a great security and entrance light £107.86
Winter WONDERLAND Winter conjures images of snowy landscapes, icicles, snowmen, ice skating on frozen lakes, snowball fights and cold crisp mornings. Whatever your image of winter the reception in your home can always be a warm one with beautiful lighting banishing those dark winter nights. Our Winter Wonderland collection of lights gives a nod to a frosty morning or snow covered landscape with an icy sparkle that could melt any heart. Sumptuous polished chrome coupled with frosted glass or crystals gives a clean cut look without the cold. We have plenty of lights in our stunning ranges that match this look. Have a skate around our website, you never know what inspiration you might find for your home!
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ADVENT Unlike your parents, when you sneaked a chocolate out of your advent calendar a few days early, we donâ€™t mind if you open them all at once to get some amazing gift ideas!!!
Whilst your budget may or may not stretch to some of these luxury lighting gifts, many are available is smaller sizes with no less appeal. Some may just give you the inspiration for a New Year makeover in your home!
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PERFECT PRESENTS Deciding on and buying the gifts for your nearest and dearest is only the start of it. To give your gift that extra special touch, it needs to be wrapped with the same tender care that you took in choosing it. We have a few great ideas that will add a lovely touch to any gift, big or small and will help you add that personal feel to your gift that makes all the difference. We have a few tips here for those of you less adept at wrapping too, so read on to help your gifts sparkle like the star of Bethlehem!
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Don’t get stressed out, enjoy the creative challenge that wrapping your gifts gives you and perhaps take that creative inspiration into your latest room design challenge.
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Make your Christmas Dinner Table Shine with special touches and the right lighting Choose your theme
When we think of Christmas we naturally think of greens, reds, white’s, gold’s, all of which can all make for a classic look. Sadly, it’s really easy to go over the top, just think of those dreadful singing mug’s or dancing Santa’s!! (I really hope you haven’t got one of those in your stocking!!) So please keep it simple, often the smallest of touches can make all the difference. Try just placing a bright napkin between your main dinner plate and your side plate or soup bowl to accent with your theme. Glass plates with a paper snowflake beneath them can also make an attractive low cost look.
We love Christmas and we all take special care with our tree, decorate the fireplace, hang the Christmas wreath on the front door, pop up the fairy lights, but for many of us the centre piece of your Christmas day is the Christmas lunch, that time to sit down with your friends or family. Make sure that your Christmas dinner table doesn’t miss out on your special treatment. Some simple ideas can really transform any dinner table and make it feel really special.
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Au Naturel Instead of spending money on decorations that are only used for a day or two why not bring the outside in with some well placed branches, leaves, fir cones or twigs. If you want to match them to a theme give them the silver or gold spray paint treatment to bling them up! Perhaps spray paint a fir cone to use as a name placeholder or add some well placed branches in your room to mix up the look. It’s amazing what you can achieve for very little cost.
Light it right
Christmas lights don’t just have to be fairy lights. When lighting your dining room for any party, not just for Christmas, take a note of a few great ideas.
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Dim your main light and accent your light with some lovely table lamps in the corners of the room. This will help show off the lovely Christmas candles on your dinner table -but keep the overall light levels in the room useful. A statement light above a dinner table is one of the most eye catching and talked about features in a home. Take a look here at some of our favourite over table statement lights. PAGE
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For Babies and Young Children The perfect lighting for the youngest members of your family A cheap bookshelf and a classic book, Peter Rabbit, The Famous Five, Alice in Wonderland and a delightful bedside lamp. Hey presto you have the beginnings of a library. Choose a sweet little bedside lamp so that Mum or Dad can easily read those precious bedtime stories. It’s a thoughtful gift that reminds your child of bedtime stories they had. The lamp can be a heritage style like ‘hopper’, who’s bound to become a family heirloom in the future or a fun lamp like the lovely LED night lights. LED bulbs are safe, cool to the touch and very low energy.
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Check out these LED lamps depicting fairytale princess castles, rocket ships, footballs, cheeky monkeys, trains, teddy bears, rockets and even better than that they are great value. We think they are delightful and the little ones really love the colour changing options. If the child is old enough they can choose a colour for bedtime or just let the colours change slowly from one colour to the next. Very calming and soothing for little ones. It helps make bedtime a little calmer, which is fun for Mums and Dads too! PAGE
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Buying gifts for teenagers, is really difficult. They get to the stage they want money or clothes and I feel a bit sorry for teenagers when all they get for Christmas is just an envelope. I know it’s what they ask for but buying something to open is always appreciated. As we certainly can’t buy clothes with any success opt for something for their room. Let’s face it they’ll spend most of the time they are home in their bedroom! A lamp is useful and a stylish addition, who knows it may prompt a little tidy up and pride in the room. Hey, don’t hold us to that, there’s no promises that they will take any further pride in their room. But as parents we learn to live in hope don’t we!? Perhaps a little light in their room will help with the homework, help them do their hair and make up more easily, help them find the thing they can never find in their room if nothing else. PAGE
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Great Gifts for
Grown up Mum’s & Dad’s
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hen you are young it’s easy buying a little trinket that your parents will love as a gift. I bought my Dad a box of liquorice allsorts once and then continued almost every year after that. It was a good main present from a child and a not bad stocking filler from anyone now. I know I should say other sweets are available, but if the big wigs at Bassets wants to sent me a big box as a thanks for the mention, that would be ok with me. That would be my dad’s gift sorted this year! Seriously though, now I’m a grown up with parents (forgive me mum) in their 70’s I want to buy something they’ll love. I fear I’ll struggle with idea’s this year but last year I had a good idea.
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Knowing that they have all the nick-knacks they could possibly want already, that ruled out ornaments and kitchen stuff too which they have in abundance. I set about to think of unique gifts. Working for The Lighting Company it did not take long for the inspiration to come. I bought some lovely lamps for Mum and Dad as a joint gift which they really loved. I did the same for the in-laws too. Reading or standard lamps are great choices for older people as eyesight gets a bit worse as we get older. Eyesight deteriorates gradually from about 40 so by the time we get to 70 and beyond better light is a must.
If you want to buy someone a lamp but simply cannot choose it for them, buy a gift voucher. I’d suggest printing a copy of the details of some that you think may be worth a consideration. You can always wrap that up, it will show that you’ve looked for something special and that you were thinking of them, not that just that you bought a voucher. As they say it’s the thought that counts! Some people like something to look forward to after Christmas and like to choose themselves but if your parents don’t, maybe be with them when they look online for the gift. It’s especially important if they are not into online shopping. Some websites can be a bit daunting for some older folks.
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In the past I’ve bought lamps for my sister and her husband. I’ve chosen lamps, not light fittings, as lamps can just plug in without getting an electrician. They can also put them in whatever room they like so if it doesn’t quiet hit the mark for the lounge, they could at least go in the spare bedroom. I’m fairly good at judging my sister style so didn’t have any problems choosing for her, she has an old converted barn and loves heritage styles, the Tiffany style lamps are perfect for her style of home.
COUPLES Each year my sister and I pledge to only buy something small for each other but, as she often does the cooking for the family at Christmas, she deserves a special gift. I got away with being a little more generous than she’d have liked when I gave them the lamp as a joint present between her and my brother in law. That was a real bonus too as I never know what to buy him. He has everything already! Talking of the man who has everything, husbands and partners, who buy what they want when they want it drive me to distraction. My husband does that as do my brothers and my Dad, what is the matter with you all!!! Stop that, do not buy anything yourself between September and Christmas. I search online year in year out for idea’s for the man who has everything, and am always disappointed by what choices there are. I either find novelty socks, beer goggles or real yachts!!! Nothing in between, no inspiration.
If, like me, over the years you have done all the grand gifts you can think of - phones, watches, sound systems, another watch and goodness knows what else - you may be glad of a suggestion. For those who don’t want to buy rubbish but can’t yet afford to buy the Aston Martin or yacht you are being asked for, I have but one suggestion. . . I thought of how you can buy the yacht. YACHT TABLE LAMP (B) Have his name painted on the side for no extra charge.
Another suggestion is a bankers lamp, a real statement which looks great on a desk. I appreciate unless you have a seaside costal themed room, the Yacht lamp may not suit every home unless he has a man cave, study or games room but a BANKERS LAMP (D) may. I hope my few suggestions for unusual alternative gifts for the man who has everything are useful. There are lots of traditional and modern design table lamps and desk lights to choose from - so do check out our website for more ideas. Lamps are good gifts for most couples. Bedside touch lamps are good for older people and people who have limited dexterity in there fingers as they are switched on by the gentlest of touches. Most people like touch lamps as bedside lights as they are easy to switch on or off by touching the lamp. No need to fiddle around in the night looking for the switch. Here’s a few lamps that are lovely gifts. For a good quality touch lamp expect to pay around £30. Try the FINN TOUCH LAMP (A)
C Another option could be the NUGGET TABLE LAMP (C) The mercury glass is lovely and sparkly for everyday use, or as I do, use as a Christmas decoration that goes away and comes out every year. It’s a good price and has a bit of a festive luxury feel.
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There are some great lamps for people who love dogs, horses, owls, birds, fish, collect stamps, sew, do jigsaw puzzles……. Here’s a few lamps that make great gifts.
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